Your Autopilot has arrived

Tesla's commitment to developing and refining the technologies to enable self-driving capability is a core part of our mission. In October of last year we started equipping Model S with hardware to allow for the incremental introduction of self-driving technology: a forward radar, a forward-looking camera, 12 long-range ultrasonic sensors positioned to sense 16 feet around the car in every direction at all speeds, and a high-precision digitally-controlled electric assist braking system.

Tagged: Model S and Autopilot


Journalists Trespass, Assault Tesla employees at the Gigafactory

Last Friday at approximately 11:50 am, a Tesla safety manager received a complaint about two trespassers taking pictures at the Gigafactory. The Tesla employee requested assistance and the Storey County Sheriff’s department was alerted. 

Tagged: Gigafactory


Tesla All Wheel Drive (Dual Motor) Power and Torque Specifications

Attempting to directly correlate horsepower ratings in petroleum burning vehicles to horsepower in an electric vehicle is a difficult challenge. The physics of an electric vehicle propulsion system are very different from a gasoline one. In an EV, electrochemical reactions in the lithium ion cells create electricity. That electricity flows through power electronics that control the voltage and current, then it flows to electromagnets in the motor that create powerful magnetic fields rotating the shaft to turn the wheels. The power required to rotate this shaft has the most correlation to traditional measures of horsepower. However, the chain actually begins in the electrochemical reactions that happen in the battery pack. Depending on the battery's temperature, state of charge and age, the amount of electricity extracted can vary widely.



Tesla Motors Establishes Destination Charging Program across Australia for Model S All-Electric Sedan

Tesla Motors, the California-based maker of the award-winning Model S electric sedan, has introduced its Destination Charging Program into Australia, with over 10 sites established.   

Concentrating on key locations where Model S owners frequent for longer stops, the Destination Charging Program utilises the High Power Wall Unit designed by Tesla Motors.

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Model S Receives 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating (2015)

SYDNEY, Australia, April 21, 2015 – Tesla Motors is pleased to announce that all Model S variants received a maximum-possible 5-star rating in the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). With a total score of 35.45 out of 37, Model S received the highest rating of any electric vehicle in Australia.

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Introducing the All-Wheel Drive Model S 70D

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 8, 2015 – Tesla Motors introduces the All-wheel drive Model S 70D. Uniting exceptional performance and drive experience features, the newest Model S offers great value at a compelling price.  Starting at $102,400 RRP plus luxury car tax, on-road costs and stamp duty, Model S 70D includes dual motor all-wheel drive technology, a NEDC-rated 440 km of range, and a 0-100 time of 5.4 seconds.

Tagged: Model S


A Peace of Mind Guarantee

We recognise that many Australian drivers want added confidence when purchasing a premium sedan, so we now offer the Tesla Resale Value Guarantee. 

The Tesla Resale Value Guarantee provides a low risk option to customers, allowing them to return their Model S to Tesla at a price that is guaranteed upfront. Like Model S, we designed the program to provide maximum benefit to customers. Tesla guarantees that the resale value of Model S between months 36 and 37 will be among the highest of any premium sedan made in volume.  

Tagged: Financing and Leasing

2,000 Superchargers

Last week Tesla reached a milestone of 2,000 Superchargers worldwide, located at almost 400 Supercharger Stations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Tesla Superchargers enable free long distance electric driving across the United States, and up and down the West and East Coasts. They connect the United Kingdom to continental Europe and stretch from the south of France to northern Norway, far up into the Arctic Circle. In China, Superchargers link major cities along the coast, and we recently opened Supercharger stations in Japan and Australia.

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Tagged: Supercharger and Milestone


Roadster Road Trip Update: San Jose to Los Angeles on a Single Charge

The Roadster 3.0 package applies what we've learned from Model S to Roadster. No new Model S battery pack or major range upgrade is expected in the near term.

On the one-year anniversary of Tesla’s Cross Country Rally, we set out to drive non-stop from San Jose to Los Angeles on a single charge in a prototype of the Roadster 3.0 upgrade.

Tagged: Roadster and Upgrade


Driving Range for the Model S Family

As the Model S family has expanded over time it has become more relevant to compare range from one variant to another with a consistent set of assumptions so our customers can know what to expect and make the best decision to fit their needs. This can be a bit difficult since the background test methodology and standards from the US EPA are evolving over time. There are also many customer vehicle configuration choices, both before and after purchase, that can affect range as much as or more than the vehicle platform choice itself.

Tagged: Model S, Range, and Efficiency